Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Priebus Hits a Home Run
Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky

Posted on 08/18/2013 5:11:54 PM PDT by Kaslin

Finally the Republicans have someone in charge that is not afraid of his own shadow. Republicans are always cowering to the mainstream press while they mutter about the corrosiveness of it. If he keeps it up, the Republicans might actually win the U.S. Senate in 2014 and the Presidency in 2016. We are referring, of course, to Reince Priebus, Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

You probably have heard that two television operations announced they were doing projects about Hillary Clinton. NBC has plans to produce and air a four hour mini-series about Hillary Clinton and CNN has plans for a documentary. Diane Lane has been attached to the NBC mini-series to play Ms. Clinton which speaks to the evenhandedness of that program. That is equivalent to a film about my life story with Brad Pitt in the starring role.

In a previous world, we would not even be having this discussion. These projects would never ever have been brought forward because even my dogs know Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, and the appearance of a potential conflict of interest would be killed by the news divisions. But that does not happen any longer. When CBS’s Les Moonves, head of TV’s most successful network, stated while attending a Barack Obama fundraiser that “ultimately journalism has changed… partisanship is very much a part of journalism now,” why would anyone believe that NBC and CNN would be even-handed?

They have defended their respective decisions by stating that the entertainment departments were planning these programs. NBC can at least attempt this ploy since they have an entertainment division (their ratings for the past decade notwithstanding). CNN, which last time anyone checked, is solely a news network. Their argument is that CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, is doing the film. One wonders if CNN Sports is next.

Fortunately Mr. Priebus saw through this charade and finally drew a line that should have been drawn years ago. Priebus must have been watching in 1992 when Carole Simpson of ABC News hosted a debate that was so slanted against President George H.W. Bush you would have thought she was on the Clinton payroll. He certainly was watching as Candy Crowley of CNN injected herself in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney with an absolutely wrong answer regarding what Obama said September 12, 2012, about Benghazi and terrorism, thus ending Romney’s attempt to unsettle Obama on a critical issue.

Priebus came out and stated the obvious; that if these two operations went forth with their Hillary projects the Republicans would not play ball with them during the 2016 election cycle. That means the Republican primary debates would be held on networks other than NBC, MSNBC or CNN. One has to wonder why Republicans would have debates on these networks in the first place -- as if they would be fair and even-handed. Envision Lawrence O’Donnell asking Marco Rubio why his policies encourage the starvation of young children.

When Priebus appeared on Fox News’ Special Report, he misspoke when being interviewed by Bret Baier by stating the RNC would want to approve the moderators for debates. Baier jumped on that, but Priebus is not far off. Maybe the RNC should not approve moderators, but they certainly should be able to veto moderators who they have every reason to believe would be less than fair in critical moments of debates.

Priebus appears to be on firm ground. Chuck Todd of NBC News came out and said that the proposed mini-series would be a nightmare for the news division. Andrea Mitchell followed up criticizing the project. It is nice to see that the network of Huntley, Brinkley, Chancellor and Brokaw still has a modicum of integrity. Unfortunately voices have been silent at CNN. How NBC can go forward with their political reporters in open revolt will be fascinating to watch.

Kudos to Priebus for coming forth and saying we aren’t going to take it any longer. This follows on the heels of some other common-sense decisions that sources say are coming down the pipeline. These decisions include actual full-blown outreach to minorities, moving the national convention to June and limiting the endless string of primary debates to a set number that will only protect all candidates from the supercilious situation that occurred in 2012. Next thing you know, the RNC will be establlishing integrated candidate development from the grassroots through the national level – actual cooperation for all levels of the Republican Party.

If the mainstream media revamps how they operate to recognize the new reality that was clearly enunciated by CBS President Les Moonves, then Republicans need to confront that new reality and adjust how they operate. Priebus took the first step and it was a Crush Davis grand slam.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blatherreincerepeat; cnn; gopdebate; gope; nbc; randsconcerntrolls; reincepriebus; rino; rinos4amnesty
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-104 next last

1 posted on 08/18/2013 5:11:55 PM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Priebus!?

Growing a spine?!

Amazing!!

2 posted on 08/18/2013 5:14:38 PM PDT by YHAOS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

A home run?
Hardly.
More like getting hit by a pitch and taking your base.
But at this point, I will settle for what I can get.


3 posted on 08/18/2013 5:16:27 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

New York Times Public Editor Admits Paper Has Liberal Bias
Newsbusters
Posted on 08/18/2013 1:46:47 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3056099/posts


4 posted on 08/18/2013 5:18:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Don’t care much for Rinse Prefuse - errant boy for the progressive repubs.


5 posted on 08/18/2013 5:18:58 PM PDT by Moorings
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

New York Times Public Editor Admits Paper Has Liberal Bias
Newsbusters
Posted on 08/18/2013 1:46:47 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3056099/posts


6 posted on 08/18/2013 5:19:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

um... so he FINALLY did something sorta good...

Somehow it doesn’t quite make up for losing to the worst president in history on 2012


7 posted on 08/18/2013 5:19:38 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

um... so he FINALLY did something sorta good...

Somehow it doesn’t quite make up for losing to the worst president in history on 2012


8 posted on 08/18/2013 5:19:43 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: YHAOS

Yeah but then he BLEW it all over illegal aliens.
A leopard can’t change it’s spots.


9 posted on 08/18/2013 5:19:45 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

There needs to be a YouTube/New Media outreach as well. The message needs to be sent that its been a long time since America was dominated by three national tv networks.


10 posted on 08/18/2013 5:20:24 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Democrats are Law-Less

Republicans are Ball-less

And that's why the Democrats are Law-Less!

11 posted on 08/18/2013 5:24:06 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Does he care about your Mom being molested @ the airport?

Does he care about drones killing American citizens?

Does he care about Big Brother spying on YOU???

Of course not. Only esoteric wackobirds care about stuff like that.

But, By God, he’ll fight to the death for the party hack who gets nominated in 2016!


12 posted on 08/18/2013 5:27:02 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: YHAOS

he hit a home run but his batting average is .114


13 posted on 08/18/2013 5:28:13 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
To complete the metaphor...

Priebus hits a homer in the top of the ninth with his team down 10 to 0. BFD.

14 posted on 08/18/2013 5:28:20 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
In a previous world, we would not even be having this discussion. These projects would never ever have been brought forward because even my dogs know Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, and the appearance of a potential conflict of interest would be killed by the news divisions. But that does not happen any longer. When CBS’s Les Moonves, head of TV’s most successful network, stated while attending a Barack Obama fundraiser that “ultimately journalism has changed… partisanship is very much a part of journalism now,” why would anyone believe that NBC and CNN would be even-handed?

What world did this author grow up in? The media has been completely in the DNC tank since FDR. The only difference is back in the day they would have made the Hillary promotional video a four part series and run it during the evening news as a 'hard hitting investigative piece'.

15 posted on 08/18/2013 5:31:27 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
That means the Republican primary debates would be held on networks other than NBC, MSNBC or CNN

Ah, that leaves the objective networks ABC, PBS, and CBS to hold the Stupid Party debates. I'm sure the candidates will get softball questions. Atta boy, Prius.

16 posted on 08/18/2013 5:31:42 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. K

I wouldn’t blame Priebus for the Republican for losing to the worst president in history in 2012. I’d blame all the conservatives who stayed home or didn’t vote the top of the ticket because they just couldn’t vote for Romney. And yes, Romney was not my favorite, but he sure would have been a hell of a lot better than the Marxist we have in the White House! Just my opinion.


17 posted on 08/18/2013 5:35:43 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I still want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Finally the Republicans have someone in charge that is not afraid of his own shadow. Republicans are always cowering to the mainstream press while they mutter about the corrosiveness of it.


18 posted on 08/18/2013 5:36:14 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (The)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: YHAOS

So amazing I don’t believe it. I really don’t.


19 posted on 08/18/2013 5:36:41 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

“........Priebus saw through this charade and finally drew a line that should have been drawn years ago.”

I’ll wait and see if he has the staying power.


20 posted on 08/18/2013 5:38:52 PM PDT by Gator113
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

More like common sense to me.


21 posted on 08/18/2013 5:40:12 PM PDT by jch10 (The greatest threat to America is the Democrats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Pit bull Priebus!


22 posted on 08/18/2013 5:40:50 PM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv; Kaslin

That’s a great start. If I were Priebus, I would also insist that Fox News anchors moderate at least one of the presidential debates.


23 posted on 08/18/2013 5:52:41 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: citizen

Priebus’ next ultimatum: Should our candidate suspect that the Democratic candidate is getting help from the moderator (as in Candy Crowley’s life preserver toss to Obama on Benghazi) it will be grounds for immediate termination of the debate by our candidate!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 08/18/2013 5:53:44 PM PDT by Hillary'sMoralVoid
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Color me unimpressed. I mean, really? We're supposed to be all aflutter over Preibus telling a couple of barely-watched-anyway networks they won't have primary coverage? Good grief, even the author himself states, "One has to wonder why Republicans would have debates on these networks in the first place..."

Sorry, GOP. You'll have to try another bright shiny object with which to distract us.

25 posted on 08/18/2013 6:00:46 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Color me unimpressed. I mean, really? We're supposed to be all aflutter over Preibus telling a couple of barely-watched-anyway networks they won't have primary coverage? Good grief, even the author himself states, "One has to wonder why Republicans would have debates on these networks in the first place..."

Sorry, GOP. You'll have to try another bright shiny object with which to distract us.

26 posted on 08/18/2013 6:00:50 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Sorry, but his wrong-headed Pro-Amnesty stance drowns out anything else he is doing.


27 posted on 08/18/2013 6:01:38 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: citizen
Pit bull Priebus!

Sorry, but his wrong-headed Pro-Amnesty stance drowns out anything else he is doing.
28 posted on 08/18/2013 6:02:27 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Repeal The 17th

-— More like getting hit by a pitch and taking your base. But at this point, I will settle for what I can get. -—

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Just skip the networks altogether.


29 posted on 08/18/2013 6:06:20 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ZULU

Please the 10 high-points of RNC’s stance on immmigration reform, so that I can agree with your take on immigration reform.


30 posted on 08/18/2013 6:07:13 PM PDT by entropy12 (With no fear of re-election, Obama is becoming more radical left..thanks a lot all you who abstained)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

“a sword swallower, through and through...” - game of thrones

Never trust a RINO.

They will betray you every time. Who was in charge of the party that pushed Romney on us?


31 posted on 08/18/2013 6:09:51 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Takes a lot of Rinsing to Rinse out the smell of skunk..
Rinses odor could block the odor Juan McLaim... or the stink of Lintseed Graham..


32 posted on 08/18/2013 6:13:40 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ann Archy

So ladylike!


33 posted on 08/18/2013 6:17:10 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Ann Archy
Law-less?


34 posted on 08/18/2013 6:18:41 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Rah. A rousing cheer for Priapus. Next thing you know he might even object to election fraud. Maybe. Someday.

So I guess this is the sort of thing that is supposed to encourage party stalwarts? Mighty thin gruel.


35 posted on 08/18/2013 6:22:46 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Priebus took the first step and it was a Crush Davis grand slam.

That's Crash Davis. And it's not a grand slam until the Republican Party stands up on its hind legs for a change and actually follows through on the threat.

36 posted on 08/18/2013 6:30:00 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Repeal The 17th

Speaking of baseball and saving face:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS1oVbHiOMQ


37 posted on 08/18/2013 6:30:28 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Where’s the barf alert?


38 posted on 08/18/2013 6:36:39 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Well, while he’s circling the bases, he still finds the time to send me emails and letters begging for the money he’s not going to get.


39 posted on 08/18/2013 6:47:55 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. K

This jerkoff should have resigned in disgrace the day after the communist was reelected.

Instead, the head of the blue blood country club faction of the Washingtonians is wagging the dog talking about a goddamned HILLARY! tv show while conspiring to legalize 11 million illegal alien criminal invaders to further decrease the American wages and fatten the bottom line of his disgusting fellow RNC minions and their greedy pulled back wives.


40 posted on 08/18/2013 6:58:47 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

If Preibus really was smart, he would do away with the debates altogether.

They serve no purpose other than to provide ammunition for the Democrats come time for the General Election, and it only brings down the GOP Brand in the process as each candidate tried to tear down the other, instead of winning the nomination on their own merits.


41 posted on 08/18/2013 7:01:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Meh.


42 posted on 08/18/2013 7:07:06 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can have socialism or you can have America. You can't have both. Pick one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

CLOSE the Damned Primaries!!!


43 posted on 08/18/2013 7:09:09 PM PDT by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

CLOSE the Damned Primaries!!!


44 posted on 08/18/2013 7:09:14 PM PDT by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

This article is nothing more than GOP apple polishing by a full blown Romney Republican.

Some other examples of his work on Townhall.

Start the Year Right-Nominate Mitt
http://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2012/01/02/start_the_year_rightnominate_mitt/page/full

Stop Beating Up On Mitt
http://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2011/06/20/stop_beating_up_on_mitt/page/full


45 posted on 08/18/2013 7:13:02 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can have socialism or you can have America. You can't have both. Pick one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Preibus is a .160 hitter with little power. I don’t think this a home run but, if you see it that way, it’s a fluke. He’s the emasculated head of an emasculated party.

If the tables were turned and Democrats saw two networks planning essentially campaign infomercials for a Republican presidential candidate, they would be holding marches and announcing boycotts. AND they would never agree in the first place to all the far lefty moderators that Preibus and their gang see nothing wrong with.


46 posted on 08/18/2013 7:14:29 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OrangeHoof

He advanced on catcher’s indifference.


47 posted on 08/18/2013 7:16:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Any excuse to get fewer primary debates is a good thing. Too many debates allows too much time for the candates to throw mud at each, getting them all blooded up even before they face the Dem candidate.


48 posted on 08/18/2013 7:23:10 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: digger48

Excellent thought ... would be more to cheer for.


49 posted on 08/18/2013 7:23:32 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I just don’t think his approach is sustainable. It doesn’t outline the root problem which is media bias. The issue is not that some news outlet ran a movie or a piece on Hillary. News outlets run pieces on politicians all the time - as they should. It’s the bias.

Now there is a problem. There is no way a media outlet is going to allow a party to dictate what they can or can not broadcast. Nor should they. They can run whatever they want and parties can decide who to work with on debates. Two-way street.

RNC should not single out news outlets or politicians. Simply say we won’t agree to Presidential debates unless there are unbiased moderators. That’s it.


50 posted on 08/18/2013 7:40:17 PM PDT by plain talk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-104 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson